tv First Look MSNBC May 11, 2011 5:00am-5:30am EDT
in memphis, but the swollen mississippi moves higher down river. baby backlash. photos showing an 8-month-old being patted down by airport security agents. and one giant leap. a swiss adventurer completes a daring flight over the grand canyon. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with flood zone. president obama declared areas of tennessee a federal disaster zone tuesday as the mississippi river crested just shy of record levels in memphis. meanwhile, delta residents from mississippi to new orleans are bracing for a wave of water coming their way with officials warning the worst is yet to
come. nbc's jay gray has our report. >> reporter: the mississippi reached its peak in memphis. the problems and water are going to be here for a while. >> it will be several days before anyone can think about getting back into the areas to begin to clean up. >> reporter: and now the floodwaters are taking aim on mississippi. >> vixburg is going to get the largest amount of height of water that they've ever had in their history. >> reporter: that water is already creeping in, forcing families to move to higher ground. luck has run out at the city's nine casinos. the main source of income in the area could be washed out for a month or more. >> we're resilient people. we'll come back bigger and stronger. >> reporter: strength that they'll need in louisiana as well. most of this water will ultimately end up there. it's already spilling over roadways and inching into neighborhoods in st.
franciseville. >> water got in here before but never in my home. but this time, it looks like it will be different. >> reporter: not willing to take any chances, fred smith raised his house three feet. like so many along the river now, looking for any way to get to higher ground. jay gray, nbc news, memphis. ahead of the 2012 presidential election, president obama is revisiting an old theme, immigration reform. yesterday he addressed the hot button campaign issue in el paso, texas. saying washington will fix the broken immigration story. >> reporter: along the border in el paso, texas, president obama renewed his calls for comprehensive immigration reform. >> everybody recognizes the system's broke. the question is will we finally summon the political will to do something about it?
>> reporter: it's a message to hispanic voters that helped him win the white house in 2008 and back in play for 2012. >> the republicans step forward and unveil a plan to get this job dn and do something in a fair and comprehensive manner, they have a great opportunity to reach out to the hispanic population. >> reporter: supporters say the sprez doing what he can. >> the president can't single-handedly pen and immigration bill and sign it. >> reporter: critics say too little, too late. >> he promised during the 2008 campaign as candidate obama he would make immigration reform a top priority in the first year. he did not. >> reporter: it is a tougher climb now with more republicans in the house and senate. >> until the border is secure, any hope of additional legislation dealing with immigration problem is not likely to succeed in the congress. >> reporter: the president tower toured a border he said is more secure than ever. but he acknowledges that won't satisfy everyone. >> maybe they'll need a mote. maybe they'll want alligators in the mote. >> reporter: drawing a line at
border security and setting the stage for another showdown in washington. meanwhile, the immigration issue is also taken front and center stage in utah. yesterday a federal judge temporarily blocked a law that would allow police to check the citizenship status of those under arrest. the judge said there is sufficient reason to believe at least some parts of the law which is similar to a controversial one passed last year in arizona will be found unconstitutional. here's your "first look" at the other news going on around america today. a photo snapped at the kansas city international airport has gone viral. the photo shows tsa agents patting down an 8-month-old after the infant's stroller set off an explosives alarm. it has been view now over 300,000 time. the tsa issued a statement saying given the situation protocol was followed. a man got a pole through his
mouth and made a full recovery. he is thanking the las vegas doctors who saved him. x-rays show four to six inches of the pole just sticking through the man's mouth and out the back of his neck. that's a look at it. you can tune into the "today" show this morning and get the full story on his miraculous survival. three masked men turned an ohio apple store into a crime scene whether it was the latest outlet to be victim of hit and smash robberies. they scooped up 24 lap tops and one ipod touch valued at $30,000. no arrests have been made. and in connecticut, this was a bummer. prom night's been canceled for one teen after his creative but unsanctioned way of asking out his date got him in hot water. the girl did say yes after seeing the student's taped cardboard request. school officials banned the teen from attending for trespassing
in off hours. and now for a look at the national weather, we turn to bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. you know, it just doesn't -- it's not good enough any more to just ask them to prom. they have to take it to the next level. he is trying to be smooth. >> can't he get an exemption or something? >> it's creative, you know? >> yes. >> effort. well, we had bad storms overnight and that continues to be the story this morning in south carolina. thousands of people without power. a strong line of storms rolled through. yesterday afternoon a separate line of storms, we had softball sized hail falling in south carolina. we picture that falling from the sky. softballs, a big chunk of ice. and there's a lot of cars that have damage. wind shields were shattered. even homes were damaged because that hail was so huge. all the green dots on here were large hail reports. they were widespread. not a lot of tornadoes yesterday once again. only two reported up here near minneapolis. we didn't really have any damage reported with those.
here's that line of storm that knocked down a lot of trees. there's a lot of power outages along coastal areas of south carolina. now that line is off shore. so now we're okay. we don't have to worry about those storms anymore. a lot of trees to be picked up today in south carolina. later today, all of our attention is in the middle pargs of t portion of the country. this is a precursor of things to come. we're expecting maybe a mini tornado outbreak, the first ones we've really seen since the huge outbreak in the deep south. nothing like that today, of course. that was like once every ten years. now as far as what we're going to deal with in the middle of the country, this area of red. it's a very narrow strip. that's where our best chance of tornadoes is going to be. this area of yellow, though, widespread severe thunderstorms including the dallas area, san antonio, oklahoma city, kansas city later tonight, omaha. you get the gist of it. really the heartland of tornado alley that we're concerned with. this area of red, once again, if you know anyone in the oklahoma city area north wards to
wichita, that's who has the potential of thunderstorms. traveling to day, it's the middle of the country with the issues and the gorgeous weather, by the way, it continues from d.c. to new york. enjoy the spell while it lasts. >> thanks. did microsoft pay too much? disney disappoints and wall street has a date with china. your "first look" at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. coming up, the nba hits the lakers andrew bynum where it hurts the most.
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welcome back to "first look." here's a look at the top stories making news this morning. a congressional aide says the cia told lawmakers they can view post mortem photos of osama bin laden if they wish. meanwhile, al qaeda is warning that the u.s. has committed a big mistake in killing bin laden and is now calling on muslims to
avenge his death. a report by nonpartisan groups says the budget plan passed by house republicans last month would leave up to 44 million more low income people uninsured over the next decade. the reduction would be in part because of a proposed cut in medicaid spending. yesterday indiana's governor imposed some of the nation's tightest restrictions on abortions. the law also makes the end of the first state to cut off federal funding to planned parenthood. a swiss daredevil got a stunning view as he completed a flight over the grand canyon in his custom built jet suit of the future. he was airborne for over eight minutes before landing on the canyon floor. don't try this at home. just before sunrise, take a look at the morning sky. you may be able to see murcury, venus, mars and jupiter all clustered together. the planets will dance around in different configurations and alignments throughout the month. here's your "first look" at
how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,760 after gaining 75 points yesterday. the s&p 500 added ten points. the nasdaq rose 28. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei was up 45 points but in hong kong the hang seng dropped 44. after last week's giant commodities selloff, chinesed wall street's fears about global growth tuesday while paving the way for more american business. china not only posting an april trade surplus nearly four times better than expected, it agreed to open up its government contracts to more u.s. companies and let u.s. banks sell mutual funds there. microsoft's mega deal to buy skype for $8.5 billion helped drive trade. but not microsoft itself. shares fell on skepticism the price was too high. on the other hand, shares of ebay which owns a large stake in skype rose 2.5%. a surprise departure by the ceo
of boston scientific sent its shares tumbling 9%. dean foods jumped 11.5% on higher than expected quarterly profit. medifast rose 17% after reporting earnings that beat expectations. keep an eye on disney today. after the bell, shares fell on revenue that missed expectations. elsewhere, oil rose to $103 a barrel while gas pump prices fell for the fifth straight day. gm will invest about $2 billion in 17 u.s. plants and add 4,000 u.s. jobs over the next year and a half. united states postal service posted a $2.2 billion net loss for its second quarter and hinted it may need a congressional bailout by september. finally, it was once an unthinkable relationship. but today, how close has china's communist economy come with america's wall street?
later today, the hot ipo seeking to raise millions will be china's top online dating site. with the u.s. expected to hit the deficit limit within weeks from now, the time for lawmakers to come to an agreement on the issue is quickly running out. so what is holding up the deficit reduction talks on capitol hill? a democrat on the house budget committee representative chris van hollen explained yesterday on "the last word." >> we've been looking for the areas of common ground. but it's, of course, going to get a lot more difficult when we begin engaging on the more controversial issues. and you put your finger on the issue in the lead in here which is you can't be serious about deficit reduction and at the same time say you refuse to get rid of subsidies for the big oil companies. that just doesn't compute. and that's what we heard from the speaker the other day in new york with a very serious face saying, yes, i want to reduce the deficit. and on the other hand, saying, well, let's just keep shuffling
taxpayer dollars out door for the big oil companies. so we're hopeful we will be able to converge by the end of this story because it is absolutely essential that we reduce the deficits in the country but let's be real that also involves dealing with the saving and spending side of the equation. >> don't miss more on "the lat word." the law comes down on a sore laker loser. the red wings continue storming back. and there's no hail in baseball. plus, a tight, tough series between the hawks and the bulls gets even tougher. i'm good about washing my face.
in sports last night in what is perhaps the toughest most evenly matched series of the nba playoffs so far, the chicago bulls pulled ahead of the hawks. here's fred roggin. good morning. someone should tell the atlanta hawks that a nba basketball game is 48 minutes. they went back and forth for three and a half quarters. late in the fourth, derrick rose and company pulled away. to chicago for pivotal game five. this team will only go as far as derrick rose will tell them. he led the bulls to victory.
a game high 33. chicago dominated the fourth, won it 95-83. laker season is over and andrew bynum won't be around when the next season starts. he's been suspended without pay for the first five games of next season for this vicious foul. he was also fined $25,000 for removing his jersey after ejected from the game. that incident will cost him more than $700,000. that might help him learn his lesson. nhl playoffs, red wings are in a game seven against the sharks. they held on for a 3-1 win. they become the fourth team in history to rally from a deficit if they win game seven tomorrow night. baseball boys of summer found themselves in a hailstorm last night. midway through the twins-tigers game in minnesota, golf ball sized hail came raining down on the field. the storm lasted an hour and the players had plenty of time passing the time. the tigers won it. carlos gomez rounded in third.
take another look. the ball actually went through the webbing of his glove. the story gets stranger. that's one of the mits he stole from todd helton before the season. no love from helton's glove. that's your "first look" at sports. i'm fred roggin. and now for another quick look at the weather, here's bill karins with your weather channel forecast. hello once again, bill. >> i want to show you and everyone else something cool. if you're on the east coast you may be wonder why the weather is so great lately. a huge ocean storm hasn't moved over the last four or five days. it's not a hurricane. it was spinning here. and now another storm is forming and rotating around it. actually, you can see it here now south of nova scotia. this is going to come back. but because that ocean storm hasn't moved, we haven't watched a change in the weather pattern. it's been sunny over the past four or five days, it's going to stay that way today and tomorrow. that's the ocean storm will begin to move by the weekend.
and that's when everyone's forecast will begin to change. so another great day to day in philadelphia, d.c., new york. but look at boston. cloudy and showers and only 57. finally by tomorrow, i think we're going o get a better chance of dry weather in boston. make breaks of sun. look at the banner weather. this is perfect. pittsburgh at 79. all the troublesome weather will come towards the weekend. >> you know, it always happens that way. >> all right. >> thank you anyway. well the latest sharp business move by lady gaga, plus a location of the royal honeymoon has been revealed. and the guest who wasn't invited finally speaks out. [ ticking ] [ grunts ] we are!
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welcome back to "first look." last night jimmy wasn't buying into ihop's plans for selling food outside of its restaurants. >> not sure what to make of this. ihop is going to sell frozen versions of its food at walmart. yeah. right there in aisle three in the i've given up section. i don't care anymore. some big, big, big science news here i'm very excited about. contrary to popular belief, scientists say humans and neanderthals may not have inner bred with each other. then again -- did you hear about this? hillary clinton is attending a summit in greenland this week with leaders of seven arctic
countries. yeah. apparently obama was send the ice cream. >> tonight jimmy welcomes rock legend keith richards, paul betny and jacob dylan and jennifer hudson. that's on your local nbc station. time now for your "first look" at entertainment news. she's already an award winning performer, lady gaga may be an award winning marketer. now she's using the popular online social game farmville to exclusively release songs from her new album "born this way" before the general public gets to hear them. else, where the palace and friends of prince william and kate middleton kept their secret, a honeymoon secret. but their location for that honeymoon was finally dreleased by a loose lip tourist official. they joined the islands off the east coast of africa in 2007
when they reconciled after a short breakup. the daily beast is estimating their royal honeymoon will cost a cool $1 million. not bad. meanwhile, the wedding's most famously jilted guest has spoken out to oprah. on today show, sarah ferguson says instead she spent the wedding day in thailand where "the jungle embraced me." strangely, she said her pal princess diana would have been proud of william, she also said she loved it that both of them weren't at the wedding. they were very close though. >> do you know what farmville is? >> come on. >> you're the social network expert. >> i explained to you yesterday what twitter was. i'm giving up hope if i have to explain that. i'm lynn berry and this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned. "way too early" starts right now. the cresting mississippi river spills over in parts of
tennessee, arkansas, and mississippi as it continues its march toward louisiana. the question is, what steps are being taken down stream to ease pressure on those new orleans levees, the ones that failed tragically after hurricane katrina? meanwhile, president obama was out along the u.s.-mexico border yesterday accusing republicans of using scare tactics in the debate over immigration reform. the question is, how did motes, alligators and osama bin laden figure into his message? and the president's seen the chicago bulls get chippy with the atlanta hawks who are giving the number one seen a fight. the question is which nba player's moment of cheap shots will cost him $700,000? ouch! it's "way too early" for this. good morning. i'm willie geist and